Monday, September 30, 2013

Foliage Report

Since I so often mention how rotten the weather is, I think it is time for me to say that the weather has been glorious — glorious! It makes me feel like singing. 

We decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive around the block. I took a lot of photos. While editing them, I realized that they'd be pretty much the same old, same old, well except for the attack of the killer chickens. So I tossed the photos into a collage for future Note Card Party retrieval or header consideration. 

~Typical Scene These Days~

The Farm Stand was having a closing sale. The white mum was less than half price. Can't beat that! Ice cream was, too, so John upgraded to a banana-less banana split. More on that later.

This is called the Hannibal Hamlin home. Mr. Hamlin was Abraham Lincoln's first vice-president. (*I've talked about it before.*) It has beautiful views of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Oh I see that this might be where the seed was planted to have a white mum! And I thought it was my idea.

A glimpse of their view. The home is privately owned.

And there's John enjoying that not quite a banana split. He says that he used to ride a dump rake in his childhood haying days back on the farm.

Back to our humble abode with no mountain views, but plenty of autumn all the same. We are wrapped up in autumn these days.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Autumn Up!

~Twine pumpkin as seen *here.*

What's not to love about bittersweet, jack be little pumpkins or a pumpkin of another sort?

Joining Mary at *Little Red House* for Mosaic Monday.

Closing comments so that you may scoot and enjoy your Sunday. 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!

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A Letter

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father...

Many blessings to you this week as you open The Word. It's better than anything you could receive in the mailbox. 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Disguises and Close-ups

Flowers often look fine in close-ups. Take the humble kalanchoe that actually has far more presence/oomph in a close-up.

Usually, I am trying to disguise the less than pleasant around here. However, I've never minded showing the view out this window, though I most certainly have avoided the close-up in the opposite direction.

This was taken after the siding was finished, but before the window fix. (I'm not sure that I should say "siding" anymore. I was visiting a blog recently where the blogger described all siding as "ugh." ♪We are old; we are poor; we don't want to paint anymore♪)

A lonely lily... Yesterday afternoon, I played carpenter's helper and spent a lot of time trotting back and forth. 

Have you ever helped your husband with a project? Seems mine had a few minor complaints and wished to tell me about them. Seems he thought I should be able to figure out exactly what he wanted and when. Finally, I told him that I was busy with many things besides being his helper. I was taking photos, looking for squirrels, wondering where all the acorns went, checking the light, shooing turkey vultures off. Right. I had a lot to do!

In the end, he finished it up. And now I've only thought of one more thing to add to our list. We really need to get that mold off our shingles! 

Thanks, John! It looks great! You worked hard and have paid a price in aches and pains. I can probably handle that roof if you show me how. ;>

No need for clever disguises...well, I am NOT showing you that garden!

How about a close-up of a geranium? 

Enjoy this final weekend of September! Where did it go?

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Friday, September 27, 2013


What the world could really use are some humble men who solve problems rather than egotistical men who cause problems. ~Donna

I don't have a Twitter account, but I'd like to think that, if I did, I'd sound a little like Donna. She has posted her Twitter account in her sidebar as so many bloggers have. If you're a bit of a snoop, like me, you can check it out *here.*

Not sure what is going on with my browser (Google Chrome) or with Blogger this morning, but something. I'll try to be brief.

John (also known as a humble man trying to fix a problem) is working on insulating the bay window and replacing the basement window below, which had a baseball sail through it a few years ago. (Not my darlings; some neighborhood teens.) Then we'll get started on the garage. I'd show you that horror show, but we're nowhere near Halloween. I must not only protect the innocent, I must not embarrass myself. 

And my job, of course, is to document the fading blooms of summer...

A fine day to you and a happy weekend!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Cruz

I don't have much energy for blogging today. C-SPAN 2 has been on through the night and until noon today. Thank you, C-SPAN! 

If Ted Cruz was willing to speak up on behalf of his constituents and the *nearly 75%* of all Americans who now realize that 0bamacare has no hope of working and will, in fact, destroy us — is in fact, now destroying us — if he was willing to do that, then the least I could do is stand with him in my simple way. 

We had spent the day yesterday calling our various Senators and Representatives. We've written letters, added our names to polls, done all that we know how to do. It won't change the fact that four out of seven adults in our immediate family are without work. I only hope that I am not bearing witness to the bitter end of this great country. 

My new way of handing political commentary is to close comments and tell you to send me an email if you'd like to chat.

 I'll get back to you after my nap. ☺

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Fairy Blog Mother


As you can see, I had a Fairy Blog Mother busily working away since I was last here. She has done such a lot of tidying up and getting things back to working order. Her name is Linda and she blogs at *Life and Linda.* It's a beautiful blog as you might imagine. I have seen a number of blogs around Blogdom of late that she has worked with and was most impressed, yet it was visiting her own blog that cinched it for me. If you ever need help, tell her I sent you!

So autumn has arrived while I was fussing over less lovely things... 

~farmstand on Sunday afternoon last~

 ~china cabinet top decor built around *Catherine Holman* print~

My grandmother's tea pot with the sweet little house. (I broke the lid while visiting her one day.) 

A beautiful day to you...thank you for putting up with me!

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Monday, September 23, 2013


Feeling frazzled...whenever that happens, it's time to slow down, speed up or do something differently. 

I have been puttering on the blog for days now and finally had the blog basement in some semblance of order. Then pffftttt...something happened this morning and everything went crazy. I had merely shifted the sidebar on the right to the left and somehow doing that (and then changing it back again) took away my background, sizes, colors, and created general mayhem. I have tried resetting them, reinstalling the background, and calming down with chamomile tea. A blog really shouldn't be this exasperating. Should it? Have you ever had these difficulties?

So Blogger is not happy with me and I am not happy with it. If I can get it straightened out, I'll be back. If I can't, I'm walking off in complete and total disgust.

I could handle having any color I wanted when it was green, but I can not handle having any color I want if it is blue, especially that blue. Deal breakers can happen over the simplest of things.

If anyone has a tip for me, feel free to leave it. I already know not to bet the horses. ☺

Love to you...

Love Vee

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Basement is A Mess

You can check it out for yourself on your way by. Just keep scrolling down, down, down. (I'm talking about the mess in the blog basement.) I've actually been making some improvements and I hope, over time, to get it whittled down to something manageable. Just as in real basements, sheds, garages, attics, trunks, and closets, there's everything from soup to nuts! Have you ever added the labels gadget? 

So if I'm missing for a few days, it's because I'm in the basement, garage, attic or somewhere.

Everything is in autumn mode around here. The flowers have had to be covered against frost and freeze warnings several times. It's only a matter of time before they look so tired anyway that I'll just let them go. In the meantime, I'm doing puttery autumnal things around the acorn here, a bouquet there, repotting a cactus here, binning an old poinsettia there. How about you?

Thank you for another fun Note Card Party! You're the best group of gals that ever was! And I just know that you'll be using those cameras from now to the next party October 16 and posting some. How did the new rule work for you? I didn't take any new photos, but I used photos that I had not used before. 

Oh one last thing! So many mentioned what a fun idea it is to exchange a tea cup or coffee mug. Stephanie's at it again and you can find out more by clicking on the button in my sidebar. I signed up for the mug exchange this time. Perhaps you'd enjoy participating, too. I'm sure that Stephanie would say, "The more the merrier!"

Love Vee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monarch~September Note Card Party

To A Butterfly

I've watched you now a full half-hour,
Self-poised upon that yellow {purple} flower;
And, little Butterfly! indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless!— not frozen seas
More motionless! — and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

This plot of orchard-ground is ours:
My trees they are, my Sister's flowers;
Here rest your wing when they are weary;
Her lodge as in a sanctuary!
Come often to us, fear no wrong;
Sit near us on the bough!
We'll talk of sunshine and of song,
And summer days, when we are young;
Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.

~William Wordsworth


Some photos first appeared *here.* This was kind of fun to use the same photo in each card (and one that I had previously used) and fill in around it with odd and sundry photos. Some I had used and others that were just sitting waiting in my folder. I do love my Lacie (exterior hard drive).

So off we go! Let's have us some fun...

Love Vee

Monday, September 16, 2013

Around and Round

That morning glory must love all the rain (it's raining again today) because it has never had so many blooms. While I was trying to take photos of them, John, bless his heart, was counting them. 

He said 27, 28, 29 or maybe even 30!


Can you believe that it is already time for the Note Card Party? I'm very excited about the new rule. If you don't know about that, please click on the date in my sidebar or on the Note Card Party button. Either will take you to the information you need. I'm going to be a stickler this time! 

Mr. Linky will be up between two and two thirty Eastern Standard Time Tuesday afternoon (tomorrow). It will remain up all day Wednesday and close Thursday morning around 10. 

Love Vee

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Psalm 66: 8–9

Let everyone bless God and sing His praises, for He holds our lives in His hands. And He holds our feet to the path. ~Psalm 66: 8–9

Let everything that, 
everything that 
Everything that 
has breath praise the Lord

Let everything that, 
everything that 
Everything that 
has breath praise the Lord

Praise You in the morning 
Praise You in the evening 
Praise You when I'm young 
and when I'm old

Praise You when I'm laughing 
Praise You when I'm grieving 
Praise You every 
season of the soul

If we could see 
how much You're worth 
Your power, 
Your might, 
Your endless love 
Then surely we would 
never cease to praise

Praise You in the heavens 
Join with the angels 
Praising You forever and a day

Praise You on the earth now 
Join with creation 
Calling all the nations to Your praise

If they could see 
how much You're worth 
Your power, 
Your might, 
Your endless love 
Then surely they would 
never cease to praise

I will worship, 
I will worship 
I will worship 
You with every breath

I will worship, 
I will worship 
I will worship 
You with every breath

Prayer changes things and Praise will take you into His presence! Have a blessed day and a blessed week...

Love Vee

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Windows No Doors

~Little Red Shed in October~

Little Red Shed is a photo that I dusted off. It was first featured *here.* There's just something about those windows... (ISO 100, exposure 1/250, aperture 2.8 — information taken from Picasa Web Album) 


I love my own windows. This has been my view for the last few days: rain, rain, rain. (The setting was A (aperture priority, yet I do not know the aperture as Picasa was no help this time), ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125, and I used the tripod.) It's a pretty accurate representation of the day so I put a frame on it and called it good enough. I had hoped to go out somewhere looking for doors and windows again, weather permitting. It didn't. (The door photo in my header was a practice shot. Nondescript practice shot.) 

Linking with Donna at A Personal Photo Challenge. This month's theme is Windows and Doors. Maybe you have some in your files that you'd like to share with us. 

Thanks to Donna for hosting at this busy and intense time for Jim and herself. (I'm kind of hoping that she won't be seeing this one. ☺)

Love Vee

Friday, September 13, 2013


So I was reading the final chapters of the book I mentioned yesterday when I began to wonder what John might look like if he were a member of the Duck Dynasty. More on that in a bit.

Two unlikely gals introduced Duck Dynasty to me: Debbie of Words on Wheels and Auntie of Auntie Sezzzzz (Found it!) Oddly enough, both of these wonderful bloggers have pulled a disappearing act. Anyone seen either of them lately? They may be hanging out in Louisiana — groupies!

This is the book I was talking about. I did not expect to like it. John picked up the book that I was hoping to read so, having nothing to read, I went with this one. And I loved it. LOVED it. It is a powerful testimony. At one point, I was reading aloud to John about the part when Phil decided that he would repent. I glanced up to see John's eyes glistening a bit. John had been there once upon a time you see. Neither Phil's story nor John's is mine to tell so you'll just have to read it for yourself!

Now back to that earlier question. What would John look like as a Duck Dynasty dude...

Pretty good if I do say so myself except that he has dimples under there. He shouldn't cover them up!

Love Vee

P.S. Duck Dynasty airs Wednesday nights on A&E at 10 EST. We watch via an A&E app on the iPad.